What if spirits could be canned and marketed like so many other things in our American culture?
In my pantry
In-A-Can Brand Evil Spirits. Read the label here.
In-A-Can Brand Benevolent Spirits (adults only!) Read the label here.
I made these product labels for my art group, Night of the Radish. We meet quarterly, every time with a different theme. Artists show paintings, poetry, sculpture, and “other” art, such as this one. The theme for this time was espiritu.
YEAH!!!!!! Yesterday I got my official artist card: my “Artistic License” for completing the 75-Day Sketch Challenge. Thank you so much to talented artist and author Brenda Swenson, who started up this challenge.
My Artistic License for completing the 75-Day Sketch Challenge.
I’ve painted the swamp trees a few more times. Here’s one example. I’m still not sure what I’m trying to get at here, but it’s been fun to explore.
Guadalupe 7, watercolor on Arches 7×9″
On Monday I took a private watercolor lesson with talented artist Christine Lashley. I brought in some paintings that I liked, and a few I was not happy with. Christine gave me some wonderful feedback on my paintings and we did some exercises together to practice seeing different values in a scene.
I have been having a particular challenge with this scene of gnarly trees along the Guadalupe River in central Texas:
Photograph of cypress trees along the Guadalupe River.
I had already painted the scene three times, attempting to put onto paper what I saw in my mind.
Christine asked me, “What do see in this picture that you want to convey?”
It was an “Aha” moment. I thought, I didn’t really know and I was flailing about, trying to figure it out. Now as I paint the scene again, I am trying to answer that question as I experiment with the paint in hand. Here is the painting I worked on in class.
Cyprus No. 4, Watercolor, 7×9″
In class we decided to work on just the two trees on the left. This is not what I really wanted to say about the picture, but I’m still asking myself, “What is the message?” I have done three more paintings since this one and I’m still searching.
Click here to learn more about Christine Lashley.
Yes, Mom, I still have the dear, old, Raggedy Ann doll that you made for me. Her legs are nice and bright from when you replaced the fabric. Her dress is faded, her face is well-loved. Her orange yarn hair is extra fuzzy. Such a sweet doll.
Sketch 74: Raggedy Ann. Pigment Liner 0.3
As election day draws nearer, the mood has become frenzied. We get many robo-calls day and night, and Facebook is flooded with commentary. Here’s a little something light and unrelated to lighten the mood.
Day 70 of 75, Dog Puppet Toy.
We were waiting in line to get gas at Sam’s and this guy was ahead of us. His stance reminded us of the old John Travolta dance move. There was also a bonus — a little strip of bare skin showing above his belt.
Day 72 of 75: Gettin’ Gas. COPIC Multiliner 0.3